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Lord Buddha in Divine Austerity

A pattachitra art defines the rich culture and heritage of Orissa, being one of the oldest and most popular art forms of the place. It is characterized by chitrakars depicting popular mythological themes and thus painting out the best of their emotional expressions as per the scene depicted. This Buddha pattachitra painting depicts all the iconic features of this art form, portraying Lord Gautama Buddha seated in lotus posture having the tree visible behind him at the top to be the Bodhi tree, where he achieved enlightenment. The vitarka hand gesture made by his right hand is symbolic of him teaching his disciples the ways and the correct path of enlightenment.
One may note that a pattachitra is painted with naturally derived colours maintaining rigidity in its use. The bright yellow coloured skin of Lord Buddha is a representation of his divine austerity and the inner consciousness that glows bright like the sun from within him. The large white aureole behind his head complements the purity of his pearl white robe, painted here in easy pleats, such that it flows soft on his body. Pattachitras are characteristic of focusing on the primary image without any background. A similar style is maintained here by keeping the viewer’s attention on the image of Lord Buddha and filling the background with decent motifs of white flowers.
The half-open eyes are symbolic of his existence in both the worlds with the pink lips smiling in the success of his enlightenment. The colour contrasts of all the elements of the painting beautifully complement each other. A similar shade pattern of green and brown at the top and bottom of this painting forms a balanced frame to the Lord Buddha figure.
Lord Buddha in Divine Austerity

A pattachitra art defines the rich culture and heritage of Orissa, being one of the oldest and most popular art forms of the place. It is characterized by chitrakars depicting popular mythological themes and thus painting out the best of their emotional expressions as per the scene depicted. This Buddha pattachitra painting depicts all the iconic features of this art form, portraying Lord Gautama Buddha seated in lotus posture having the tree visible behind him at the top to be the Bodhi tree, where he achieved enlightenment. The vitarka hand gesture made by his right hand is symbolic of him teaching his disciples the ways and the correct path of enlightenment.
One may note that a pattachitra is painted with naturally derived colours maintaining rigidity in its use. The bright yellow coloured skin of Lord Buddha is a representation of his divine austerity and the inner consciousness that glows bright like the sun from within him. The large white aureole behind his head complements the purity of his pearl white robe, painted here in easy pleats, such that it flows soft on his body. Pattachitras are characteristic of focusing on the primary image without any background. A similar style is maintained here by keeping the viewer’s attention on the image of Lord Buddha and filling the background with decent motifs of white flowers.
The half-open eyes are symbolic of his existence in both the worlds with the pink lips smiling in the success of his enlightenment. The colour contrasts of all the elements of the painting beautifully complement each other. A similar shade pattern of green and brown at the top and bottom of this painting forms a balanced frame to the Lord Buddha figure.
The Graceful Nataraja, Triumphant Over Apasmara
Amalgamated in beautiful smoky grey and gold colors, Nataraja, while dancing in ecstasy rules over his conscious fearful yet caring nature. This rare Nataraja posture triumphs joyfully on the demon dwarf Apasmara, who embodies ignorances of the world and here sits with his implements in his hands on a three layered heighted pedestal carved in mesmerizing highlighted lotus petals. This cosmic dancer represents a connection between religion and arts and this powerful dance, also named as pralaya symbolizes, dissolution of everything that is existing into him or the energy. Shiva’s left leg held high in air, while right placed on the demon’s head along with that slight smile on face represents his gesture of elated calmness on success of, him being the saviour of the universe by encapsulating spiritual ignorance. The anterior hands are posed in his characteristic Gajahasta (elephant hand) mudra while the rear hands carry agni (fire) or the flame of destruction and damru symbolic of recreation; agni and damru together are responsible for focussing the fire and space elements respectively. This Shiva idol attracts itself also by the elegant sparkling gold jewels laid over him, the short length dhoti that spreads in delicacy and the long aureoled crown carved in superfine patterns.
The Graceful Nataraja, Triumphant Over Apasmara
Amalgamated in beautiful smoky grey and gold colors, Nataraja, while dancing in ecstasy rules over his conscious fearful yet caring nature. This rare Nataraja posture triumphs joyfully on the demon dwarf Apasmara, who embodies ignorances of the world and here sits with his implements in his hands on a three layered heighted pedestal carved in mesmerizing highlighted lotus petals. This cosmic dancer represents a connection between religion and arts and this powerful dance, also named as pralaya symbolizes, dissolution of everything that is existing into him or the energy. Shiva’s left leg held high in air, while right placed on the demon’s head along with that slight smile on face represents his gesture of elated calmness on success of, him being the saviour of the universe by encapsulating spiritual ignorance. The anterior hands are posed in his characteristic Gajahasta (elephant hand) mudra while the rear hands carry agni (fire) or the flame of destruction and damru symbolic of recreation; agni and damru together are responsible for focussing the fire and space elements respectively. This Shiva idol attracts itself also by the elegant sparkling gold jewels laid over him, the short length dhoti that spreads in delicacy and the long aureoled crown carved in superfine patterns.

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